Saturday, November 12, 2016
There, I just wrote more words and I might use them. The key for me is that 1) I have a detailed plot outline and character profiles, and 2) I love Italy! Writing about it brings out the poet in me. So if I have a clear day, as I did today, I can crank out a lot of words, and not just padding words, but good words, words advancing the plot and fleshing out characters and the kinds of things they say.
A good writing day. I'm halfway to the 50,000 words mark, but I didn't plan on really counting. Yet I find the marathon stimulating. It wouldn't hurt to make that goal by November 30. While I wait for agents to contact me about The Renaissance Club, I'm still playing in Italy and lining up the next book. They all say it can't hurt in marketing the first. Plus, it's increasingly a lot of fun.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
We've been doing it since before Jane Austen. Girls writing fiction. So in the 2016 National Novel Writing Month, I'm going to guess that a majority of the more than 400,000 participants this year are women. And many will go on to publish their books. Some NYT bestsellers by women that began as NaNoWriMo exercises:
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, published by Doubleday
- Persistence of Memory by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, published by Delacorte Press
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, published by St. Martin's Press
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, published by Dutton Juvenile
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer, published by Square Fish